overact Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb exaggerate one's acting
    ham; overplay; ham it up.


O`ver*act" transitive verb
  1. To act or perform to excess; to exaggerate in acting; as, he overacted his part.
  2. To act upon, or influence, unduly. Obs.
    The hope of inheritance overacts them. Milton.
O`ver*act" intransitive verb
  1. To act more than is necessary; to go to excess in action. B. Jonson.

Webster 1913